10 Most Surreal Destinations in the World

Can you believe these places really exist? What I’d do to be able to tick them off my bucket list. It was near impossible to narrow them down, but here’s 10 of the most surreal destinations in the world.

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1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

Tiny sea microbes known as phytoplankton glow in a beautiful blue color due to their bioluminescence. It’s as if little stars have fallen from the sky and landed on the beach.

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2. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China

The beautiful and unusual colours are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colours, patterns, and sizes.

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3. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flats. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes and is covered by a few meters of salt crust.

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4. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile-long mass of ice in Juneau, Alaska, is a popular tourist attraction. Rising global temperatures have caused the glacier to start melting and as a result, water has carved caves into the interior, creating surreal, turquoise-toned worlds whose shapes are ever changing.

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5. Tulip fields in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has been known for its gorgeous fields of colorful flowers in the spring, which bloom from March to May.

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6. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand.

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7. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, a district on the west outskirts of Kyoto,  Japan. It’s one of the most amazing natural sites in Japan. The sound which the wind makes while it blows amongst the bamboo has been voted on as one of the “one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese government.

8. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States

Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most-photographed slot canyon in the world. It means “the place where water runs through the rocks” in Navajo.

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9. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

Located near the town of Kleven, this luscious green tunnel provides passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. In addition to serving as a train route, the tunnel is used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true. How sweet!

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10. The “swing at the end of the world” in Baños, Ecuador

The Swing at the End of the World is a breathtaking little treasure in the mountains near Baños, Ecuador. The high-flying rope swing hangs from a treehouse called Casa del Arbol, which is actually an observation center for Mt. Tungurahua, an active volcano in the background. The swing arches you into infinite space, beyond the edge of the cliff thousands of feet above ground, and without even a safety belt to keep you on.

  • You give me wanderlust so so bad! One day I will be able to say I’ve visited all of these places!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  • You can recreate a sort of sea of stars in your bath with the lush intergalactic bath bomb!! It’s fun! That Bamboo Forest in Japan is breathtaking!

    Sara | http://www.marybloomy.com

  • I am loving this post so much!

    xo Kitten ♥ The Howling WolfHeart

  • So amazing. I hope one day that i can visit at least one of these places!!xx

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  • The Tunnel of Love is gorgeous!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  • Charlotte

    Ok so I am in Japan, I have to go to that place in Kyoto! And that sea of star goooosh! Life goals!

    http://fashionfixeshearts.blogspot.com

  • I saw this list before and these places are not in my bucket list. Maldives will probably the first one because there are some theories that the islands of Maldives might sink someday. :(

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  • It’s absolutely insane how beautiful these places are. Nature is truly is a gift

    Ayesha xxx
    http://alycheeaday.blogspot.co.uk/

  • These places look absolutely incredible and just unbelievable! Thank you so much for sharing, especially as I hadn’t got to see some of these places before!

    elwillmer.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

  • You’ve just made me add stuff to my bucket list, I absolutely love the thought of seeing the sea stars, swinging off the end of the world and the glow worm cave, they would be absolutely amazing!
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  • All of these places look incredible – so many new places I now want to visit! The swing at the end of the world looks terrifying but so very cool! Lovely post.

    Lucy | http://www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  • It is unbelievable that these places actually exist. They look amazing. Though I must admit, my stomach dropped a little just looking at that swing !

    Almost Everything

  • Can’t believe that all these places exist! So amazing!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

  • GoFashiondeals

    Gorgeous! Those places just look so surreal.

  • Roberta www.vitapiena.it/blog/

    Wow! Thanks from Italy =)

  • rae

    These locations are all absolutely breathtaking but I must say that the Tunnel of Love and the “swing at the end of the world” are my two favorites.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • Frey de Fleur

    Wow, I had no idea some of these locations even existed. The bamboo forest is going straight to the top of my Asia travel wishlist! Just found your blog and I really like your pretty photos x

    http://www.freydefleur.com

  • What an inspiring list! I’ve been to the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand. It was unreal. One of the most fantastic moment ever. It felt like being in a fairytale!